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Compare and contrast two charity advertisements. How does each advertisement aim to persuade the public to support the charity?

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How do H.G Wells and W.W Jacobs create tension and fear in "The Monkey's Paw" and "The Red Room"? The "Red Room" by H.G Wells and "Monkeys Paw" by W.W Jacobs are both examples of gothic fiction. Gothic fiction was a very popular writing in the Victorian Times. There are numerous features of gothic fiction such as out of the ordinary characters, strange settings, supernatural activities etc. Most gothic fiction are about supernatural activities, in 'The Red Room' it was about the mysterious room that is said to be haunted and in the 'Monkey's Paw' it was about the weird events that happened after wishes made to the monkey's paw. Both H.G Wells and W.W Jacobs have a sense of tension and fear in the story. I would be examining the tension and fear both authors used in their stories. Tension and fear in a story usually creates a strong and usually negative atmosphere. It intrigues the reader. In the "Red Room", H.G Wells uses tension and fear to captivate the reader in several ways. One way H.G wells builds up tension and fear in the "The Red Room" is by the behaviour of the characters especially the narrator. The narrator does not believe in ghosts. He is very conceited and superior. This gives an impression that he is very brave and would never change his mind on anything until he experiences it. He says "I can assure you.... that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me". ...read more.


With the word 'seemed', it is just a suggestion or a thought to what the narrator saw in the room. Having the reader think of what might have put off the candles; it creates a sense of panic as the reader start to weigh in ghastly things that possibly could have put off the candles. H.G Wells also make use of descriptive language to create apprehension in the story. On the journey to the red room, H.G Wells uses more than one verb to describe a place of the noun. "The long draughty subterranean passage was chilly and dusty..." Here we can see the dissenting verbs to describe the passage. This forms an eerie and spooky portrait in our minds. It creates panic and dread in the reader's mind. The words 'long. draughty, chilly, dusty; All are descriptive words used to manifest fear and discomfort for the reader. This make us think about the situation in which the narrator is in, feeling dreadful and terrified. I think H.G Wells builds up strain and trepidation in a lot of ways, from the paranormal activities to the setting of the story, also in the descriptive detail in the journey to the Red room. He uses long and short sentences, which creates tension as the reader does not know what would happen next, also in the description of the journey, it was a first person view of point so it make us fell like we were in the shoes of the narrator. ...read more.


This makes the reader feel impatient as he/she is waiting for the next scene or problem. Then the uneasiness increases when we hear from the man that the White family will receive: "'Two hundred pounds'" as a compensation for their son's death. The reader is now astonished in the way that the wish, money was received and never they never expected it to come this way. After this shock, the reader starts to think whether the family would use the paw again for another wish and whether it would bring a good result or a bad result. When coming towards the end of the story the suspense levels drop slightly as a result of the White's mourning their son's death and the change in time: "...the days passed..." but the suspense rises back again when Mrs White insists in using The Monkey's Paw to wish her son alive again. At this stage and because of Mrs White's agitated behaviour the tenseness level reaches a pinnacle. This suspense level is retained until the end of the story: "The street lamp flickering...deserted road" This quote is still keeping our tension levels high, even though the story has finished. This makes the reader want to complete reading the story despite it ending. This is a good technique W.W Jacobs use to keep his readers attracted to the story even after it finished. He also left a feeling of insecurity and a feeling that this thing that knocked the door would come back, and we want to discover it. We also want to know if this thing outside was their son and if the paw really granted their wishes or either it is a coincidence. ...read more.

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